Qualified practitioner application

If you hold a recognised qualification in the licensing class that you are applying for use the Qualified practitioner application.

LBP Rules have the list of recognised qualifications.

You are unable to apply for Design licensing using this process.

The Qualified practitioner application process confirms you have undertaken formal study which contributes to your ability to meet the licensing competencies. Having a qualification does not automatically make you eligible for a license - you will also need to provide and discuss relevant, recent building projects that relate to the licensing class competencies you are applying for.

Understanding the process

Licensing assessments happens in three stages:


Our administration team will firstly ensure that your application is ‘complete’. If there is information missing, they will contact you and advise you of what you need to provide and the date you must provide it by. If you do not provide the requested information then your application may lapse and you will have to apply again.

Once your application is complete – it will be passed to an assessor.


Our assessor team have been selected for their design and/or building backgrounds. Most of our assessors are LBPs themselves or hold an equivalent registration or experience. Your application will be assessed by someone with an extensive knowledge of your licensing class.

An assessor will:

  • review your application form
  • call your referees to confirm your technical competence on projects you have worked on
  • call you and discuss your application
  • carry out a telephone based test on your regulatory knowledge.

Once the assessor has completed your assessment, they will provided a written report to the Registrar as to whether they believe you have met the licensing competencies. The assessor will also make a recommendation to the Registrar regarding the granting of your licence.


Once the Registrar has reviewed your report the Registrar will make a decision regarding the granting of your licence. The Registrar may at times request some more information from you to assist in making this decision.

The Registrar will send you a written notification of their decision.


When considering your referees you should take into consideration the following criteria:

  • you are required to provide 2 referees
  • your referees need to have technical credibility i.e. must be able to answer technical questions relevant to the work you carried out – our preference is for an LBP
  • your referees must be able to talk about the specific range of building work they observed and which you have carried out in the last 5 years
  • your referees need to be available to talk with your assessor.


If you are applying using the Qualified application process you must provide a certified copy of your qualification. This means that you will need to take a photocopy and the original of your qualification to either a Justice of the Peace; solicitor; court registrar, or any person able to take a statutory declaration.

If you are unable to locate your original qualification, you may be able to obtain a copy from one of the following organisations:

New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA)(external link) or 0800 69 72 96

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC)(external link) or 0800 60 13 01